Archived News from 2016



Can a breach of fiduciary duty affect your profit share?


In Hosking v Marathon Asset Management LLP [2016] EWGC 2418 (Ch), a landmark decision, the High Court has ruled that in the aftermath of a breach of fiduciary duties the principle of forfeiture of profits can apply to Limited Liability Partnerships in some instances. Whilst this is readily accepted…

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Forbes Solicitors celebrates 31 Legal 500 Recommendations


Forbes Solicitors is celebrating after receiving 31 recommendations for its lawyers and services in the 2016 Legal 500 rankings. The leading North West legal firm is also delighted to reveal that Lucy Worrall, Partner and Head of Housing and Regeneration, based in Preston, has been included in the…

Forbes Solicitors advises Vibe Tickets on £600,000 Crowdfunding bid


Forbes Solicitors is advising a Lancashire-based business praised by Sir Richard Branson with a crowdfunding pitch aimed at securing £600,000 of investment. Ticket exchange platform Vibe Tickets is attempting to attract the funding through Crowdcube and has already raised more than £300…

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Forbes appointed to provide Legal service to Lancashire's Rosebud Finance


Forbes Solicitors has been appointed to provide Legal services to Lancashire County Council's Rosebud Finance scheme, after being selected following a four-way tender process. Rosebud Finance is run by Lancashire County Developments Ltd (LCDL), the county council's economic development…

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Important Changes to Annual Returns from 30th June 2016


The 6 th April 2016 saw the introduction of the Persons with Significant Control ('PSC') Register, under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 ('the Act') and from the 30 th June 2016, all companies will be required to file the information contained in their PSC…

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WEC Group choses Forbes to act over SMP deal


WEC Group, one of the UK's leading engineering and fabrication companies, instructed the Corporate and Restructuring team at Forbes Solicitors to act for it in the deal to acquire a 50% stake in Submarine Manufacturing & Products Ltd (SMP). Established as a world leader in the design,…

Forbes act on behalf of WEC Group on the acquisition of HTA


Forbes Solicitors' Corporate and Restructuring team has acted on behalf of WEC Group, one of the UK's largest engineering and fabrication companies, in a multi-million pound deal to acquire Coventry-based HTA Group. The partnership deal sees the Lancashire-headquartered WEC Group further…

Forbes acts for Paul Heathcote over restaurants sale


Forbes' Corporate & Restructuring team has acted for celebrated chef Paul Heathcote over the sale of his two Preston city centre restaurants. The Olive Press and Heathcote's Brasserie in Winckley Square have been purchased by Manchester burger and steak chain Solita. Forbes, the…

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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 brings significant changes


From the 6th April 2016 the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 brings significant changes that will affect all companies and LLPs. From the 6th April 2016 your PSC Register must never be empty. For a fixed fee we will ensure your compliance from the 6th April, by providing you…

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An alternative to share transfers


The current process surrounding share transfers can be a drawn out process with delays occurring between the purchaser purchasing the shares and them becoming the legal owner to those shares. This is as a result of requirements relating to the stock transfer form being stamped by HMRCs stamp office,…

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Corporate Restructures and Alphabet Shareholdings


Many Companies ordinarily have one class of share in issue however for SMEs the use of alphabet share structures can be both useful and efficient in a number of ways. Alphabet shares are shares of different classes, which are often named as 'A' Shares, 'B' Shares and so on. Each…

Compelling reasons why your Company should have a Shareholders Agreement


Any Company with more than one Shareholder would be best advised to have a Shareholders Agreement in place in order to regulate the way business between the Shareholders is conducted. The requirement to have such an agreement in place is often overlooked due to the costs and time implications of…

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Forbes fixed on helping your financial certainty


The Commercial Team at Forbes Solicitors understand that businesses like to know exactly how much things will cost before proceeding. To help our clients to budget we offer an array of fixed fee options which are designed to remove the cost related uncertainty that can come with instructing a solicitor…

Big changes in financial reporting for smaller entities take effect


The new financial reporting requirements set out in the Companies, Partnership and Groups (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2015 come into effect for all companies with financial years beginning on or after 1st January 2016. Prior to this date the new provisions had been optional, company directors…

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15 Feb 2019



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